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O County Advance 10 — Kossuth County Advance Monday, June 21, 1971 Speed Legislature Now that this session of the legislature is history, the problem of speeding up the process is being considered. When annual sessions were voted the theory was the sessions would be shorter. What happened is the reverse. The session just concluded was the second longest in Iowa history with the 1957 session holding only a few days more to retain the record. And the 1957 session was for the two- year period - there was no annual session then. Looking backward many observers wonder if some of the rules the previous legislatures used might be helpful in the present situation. Up to just recent years the legislature was able to get its work done under 100 days with few exceptions and those were of a few days ony. There were the same problems of taxation, appropriations, apportionment and the many special interest bills then as now. The difference now is only in degree. It was just as difficult to study appropriation requests in the old days as now. It was just as difficult to raise taxes. And special interests had just as many requests. What then is the problem now? The old-timers were not so much smarter or dumber as the case may appear to the casual observer. But they did get more action. Some observers feel the advent of television cameras and the broadcast by the Ames radio has led to desires to get on the air. This leads to more speeches. It is noticed in both the House and Senate that when the cameras are turned on there is an intense desire of some otherwise quiet members to give the House or Senate the benefit of their thinking- sometimes several times! The rules are somewhat different and the manner in which they are used has changed. In the old days the "previous question" was used to bring the matter under discussion to a head. Under the "previous question" those who had a request to speak were allowedtodoso for five minutes. The main sponsors of the bill were allowed ten minutes in closing remarks. The "previous question" was not moved immediately but when debate started to repeat and repeat. It brought the proposal up for immediate decision after the requests had been granted. In some of the debates in this session the speakers went on and on repeating their arguments and it seemed only exhaustion brought an end and a vote. The legislature must seriously try to shorten its sessions. Most of the long-winded speeches change no minds. On most questions, Representatives and Senators have already made up their minds before the bill comes up. Nothing new is offered in the debate. Most is for the speaker's "record" to show his folks back home he was active and important. (D.E.D.) Justice For Accuser Attorney General Mitchell in a speech before the National District Attorneys Association said a preoccupation with the rights of a defendant has led to less than fair treatment for the rights of the accuser. This seems to signal a turn-away from the excessive guarding of an accused rights in actions before the U.S. Supreme Court. He quoted Justice Benjamin Cardosa who wrote an opinion 37 years ago which said, "Justice, though due to the accused, is due to the accuser also. The concept of fairness must not be strained till it is narrowed into a filament. We must keep the balance true." Most .people will agree.Jhat the .decisions of the Warren court for the accused has tilted the scales of justice in the favor of the accused. Many prosecutors have despaired of getting a guilty verdict because of technicalities even though well knowing the defendant is guilty. Recently a new trial was denied in an eastern court against members of the Black Panther Party because the judge said there was too much publicity and the defendants therefore could not get a fair trial. In this connection he called the argument "fatuous" that because Americans read the newspapers and watch television that they could not render an impartial verdict. Tricia Is Married The President's family is the nearest thing this country has to royalty and when a daughter of a President is married it becomes an event of more than usual interest. It is probably a demanding experience for the First Family for the glare of publicity that surrounds the White House becomes even more intense as a wedding is announced. Particularly exasperating for the families of the pair is the problem of who gets an invitation. Thousands probably feel they would qualify, m Tricia's case, perhaps many Senators and Representatives felt insulted because none were invited. The groom's friends are similarly restricted and relatives to the umpteen degree feel (fen- titled to an invitation. There are many bruised egos as the result of not getting invited to the top social event of the year. In addition to the 400 guests at the wedding there were some 600 news people tobeaccomo- Going Too Far? How far should a Union be permitted to go in a strike paralyzing a city to get its demands? This question is being raised time and again as strikefs blackjack the public into giving in to the Union demands. A case in point is the recent strike by bridge tenders in New York city. The Union men opened the bridges and left them open, thus blocking access to the city over main arteries of traffic. A court ordered the men back to work but the Union officials and workers refused to go. An appeal by the mayor and others failed to budge the men from their demands. * In the meantime there were terrific traffic jams. Refuse and garbage piled up. Water supplies were threatened. People could not get to work, if continued, that strike could threaten the life oi thousands of people. There have been many instances of Union strikes that threaten the life of a city. New Mr. Mitchell said "the prosecutor in a criminal trial starts with an inherent disadvantage. He has to show proof beyond a reasonable doubt while the defense has only to raise a reasonable doubt.. Is justice served by shackling the prosecutor and giving more weapons to the defense?" Mr. Mitchell took note of the appeals and motions that follow a verdict of guilty in which these post-trial devices rob justice of any finality. He said only one crime in 100 actually results in punishment. The Warren court decisions have disturbed the legal profession for some time and seem to the average person also as leaning so far, far over to be so sure an accused gets his "rights" that the public is denied the protection from the criminal element it is entitled to by the courts. People expect the court to be a place where fact is determined and innocence or guilt determined. Too often in recent months the public has been greeted with a circus atmosphere that makes a travesty of what people expect of a court. Mr. Mitchell's ideas will be greeted with relief by the average citizen disgusted with the former tendency to treat criminals as misguided children not responsible for their acts (D.E.D.) dated, it must have resembled a mob scene at times and many news people also were not invited to the press coverage and probably felt a bit insulted. The television coverage was good. It was restrained and in keeping with the dignity of a wedding. Taking of the vows was banned but all else was open to the television eye and people over the nation got their thrill as Tricia entered the rose garden on the arm of her father, the President of the United States. Tricia shed her little girl aspect and was dressed as a woman. She usually seemed much younger than her 25 years and her hair style and dress were young. Her younger sister, Julie, seemed much more mature. But that was on the surface. Like all girls she, was a beautiful bride. You could tell Papa was as proud as any father. (D.E.D.) York had a garbage man's strike that was a serious health menace before it was settled. There have been police and firemen "sit-ins" which left people unprotected. Sometime there must be a law which recognizes both the rights of strikers and the rights of people. Strikes today are not against moguls of industry. Strikes today are aimed at making it so unpleasant for the public that officials are blackjacked into giving in. There are signs the public is getting exasperated and anti-union sentiment is growing It may soon result in an anti-trust law for Unions which will break up the power of Union leaders to call general strikes against the people. Teamsters and other Unions have the power to close down the nation by a strike. Railroad Unions have threatened the well-being of millions, unions must come to understand that people also have rights, it could be the Unions will learn the hard way m the not too distant future. (lu:.D. RAGS TO RICHES •«t t-t,« Morry-Go-Round •nWIIHIMIIIIIIIIIlliiiiiiiiii By J ACK ANDERSON »t*tit»««tti«>........ ••«,.,.. «•••••••.t,,,, /M Panthers To Cop Killings WASHINGTON - Police intelligence units have traced the recent police slayings to a militant wing of the Black panthers. This faction, led by Eldridge Cleaver, is promoting guerrilla warfare against the police. The rival panther faction, led by Huey Newton, is opposed to violence against police. Most white radical groups, according to police intelligence, are also backing away from violence. But the militant Black Panthers are believed to be responsible for the new outbreak in police assassinations. Thirty law enforcement officers were murdered in February and March of this year alone. The Panther strategy is to try to produce hostility between the people and the police. This would bring the kind of chaos to America that the revolutionaries could exploit. The none-violent factions, though they seek the same ends, believe the police slayings will only solidify public support for the police. —AGNEW DROPPING NIXON- The press has been full of speculation 1 that President Nixon dump Spiro Agnew. as his running mate in 1972. No less than Attorney General John Mitchell, the president's chief campaign strategist, told reporters that Agnew could be dropped. This irritated the Vice President, a proud man who doesn't like to be pushed around. We can report, therefore, that Agnew is now talking about dumping Nixon in 1972. , . Agnew has told" intimates that he may not wait for the President to make up his mind about a running mate, but may simply tell the President he isn't interested in another term. - UP IN SMOKE— Uncle Sam spends more than $4 million a year warning citizens about the health hazard of cigarette smoking. Yet our federal Uncle spends another $68 million to subsidize and promote tobacco. In other words, the U. S. government spends 15 times more money to encourage than to discourage smoking. More than $200,000 of the taxpayers' money is spent to advertise U. S. tobacco products abroad each year-- at the same time that the government has banned radio-TV advertising of tobacco products at home. More than $31 million is spent to ship tobacco abroad under the food for peace program. Yet the purpose of the peace program, ironically, is to provide nourishment for the world's starving people. The taxpayers shell out another $28 million to pay tobacco exporters the difference between domestic and foreign prices for their products. Utah's Senator Frank Moss has introduced a bill to end tobacco susidies. However, the Senate and House Agriculture Committees, which are dominated by Southerners aligned! with the tobacco interests, probably won't even hold hearings on the bill. As a compromise, Moss will offer to grant federal loans to tobacco farmers to help them switch crops. Even this compromise won't get through the agriculture committees. —BACK TO POLITICS— Eugene McCarthy, the former Senator who gave up politics to become a poet, is thinking more about politics and less about poetry as the 1972 election year approaches. He has told intimates that he will run again for President as a peace candidate. Political scientists generally agree that in 1968 McCarthy's supporters were responsible for Richard Nixon's election. A survey in Illinois, for example, showed that 37 per cent of them actually wound up voting for Nixon and that many more simply stayed home from the polls. McCarthy's return to presidential politics, therefore, should be good news for Nixon. -REVERSING FISCAL POLICY- This may be denied, but President Nixon is seriously considering revising his fiscal policy. He has tried to hold the line Uphold 60% Law The United States Supreme Court has upheld the requirement in many states that bond issues must get a 60 percent favorable vote to be passed. This provision has been attacked in several states, including Iowa, and the ruling by the U.S. court was made on an appeal from West Virginia. There has been an increasing resistance to voting bonds in recent months and desperate school people particularly have been trying to get the 60 percent requirement off the books and have the issue legalized by a mere 50 percent approval by voters. There are several requirements in law which must be passed by more than a mere 50 percent vote. Among them are the constitutional provisions that any change in the u.S Constitution must be approved by a vote of three-fourths of SLS. A f° pul f °" of the states is not con- YorTor " "" " Une of a Another example is the ±° U f V ° te ° f , a jury " The ' e arnumerous other instances where a S im p i e majori t y O f a Only hat; t| !( - (,' been aeiously attacked. This is because in recent months there has been a stiffening of the public to voting bonds, it has hit school building especially hard and in some instances schools have had to discontinue some services. It is noted that last year the Iowa 60 percent requirement was upheld by the Iowa Supreme Court. The U.S. decision thus confirms the Iowa opinion. (D.E.D.) The sigh of relief by the people when the legislature adjourned was matched only by the steh of relief of the legislators. * * * * Summer is when the seed catalogue is replaced by the road map. * * * * No matter how much arithmetic a boy studies he never misunderstands a girls' figure * * * * Tricia's wedding brought back memories to many a parent of a bride who to them was even more beautiful. * * * * Biggest need in this country is some new commercials not written by a moron for morons. * 'p -fc ^ You are only young once which is probably JUKI as wt'll. against increased government subsidies ever since he moved into the White House. Only last year he contended that going deeper into debt is as bad for the government as it is for individuals. But 1972 is drawing closer, and he can't be reelected unless the economy improves. He was shaken by the pressure on the dollar in Europe and the persistent, six per cent unemployment at home. The Federal Reserve Board is also tightening its credit policy again. We can report, therefore, that the President is ready to order deficit spending in order to get the economy booming. This would be a complete reversal of his past policy. —CIVIL WAR- The Civil War has broken out all over again on Washington's historic Mall. This time it's between the fiercely independent ice cream and souvenir vendors and the staid old Interior Department. The vendors have operated on the Mall for decades and are a tiny bit of free enterprise in pure bureaucratic Washington. The Interior Department doesn't think it's dignified to have the vendors on the Mall where millions of tourists come to see the nation's treasures. We've crept down into this no-man's - land and sampled some of the goods. The Interior Department is fighting a losing battle with it's hot dogs which are terrible. They are holding out well in the souvenir department—theirs cost more than the vendors' but are better quality. On balance, we'd have to say that at this stage Washington's new civil war is a standoff, although arrests of vendors and confiscation of their goods may soon turn the tide against the push cart army. Olive Oil In ancient times, the olive was cultivated mainly for its oil. The ancients used the oil for medicine, for food, and for anointing their bodies. Mid-Town Mayor IT 16 BETTER TO RECEIVE THAN CCREDIT, THAT Second class postage paid at Algona, Iowa 50511 ALGONA JCOSSUTH COUNTY ADVANCE *» Issued weekly Mondays T ,. „,,,.. R - B - Waller, Executive Editor JuHan Chrischilles. News Editor Denny Waller, Advert!™ SS" 1 .y al j5 r> , Clty & s P ort s Editor Gary Rich, Classified Ad ,», Dorothy Muckey, Women's Editor Jack Purcell. Plant Forema^ OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER KOSSUTH COUNTY MEMBER Mgr. Auoclttton • Foundtd 1tm Professional Directory Insurance Insurance ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lines of Insurance 206 East State St. Ph. 295-3176 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North Dodge St. Hail Insurance Ph. 295-5443 Home — Automobile — Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $124,000,000 worth of insurance in force. A home Company. Safe, secured Lola Scuffham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto., House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 T*d S. Herbst SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sund«f 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 295-2341 Real Estate RICKLEFS ft GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Types of Insurance Phone 295-5529 or 295-3811 Algona Optometrists DR. HAROLD W. ERICKSON EYES EXAMINED GLASSES FITTED CONTACT LENSES Phone 295-2196 Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 5 00 P.M. Closed Thursday and Saturdays afternoons 115 East Call St. Algona, la. Chiropractors CLEGG CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC Algona, Iowa 124 N. Moore 295-5235 DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Monday - Wednesday - Friday 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. Phone 295-3373 DR. M. R. BALDWIN ft DR. D N. JOHNSTON Chiropractors Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3306 Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday — 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. MILTON G. NORTON JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COLLECTION SERVICES Home Phone 295-2548 Office Phone 295-3836 2% East State St. Box 460 ALGONA, IOWA Farm Management CARLIpn Firm MANAGEMENT COMPANY 12V* N. Dodfl* Ph. MS-Utl LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors DR. DONALD J, KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 115 N. Dodgn Algona Phone 295-3743 DR. L. L. SNYDER 113 East State St. Di*i 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU OF KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bilt Keports Algon* 1'8 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2845 Residence Ph. 295-2277 JOHN M. SCHUTTER7 M Residence Phone 285-2336 DEAN F. KOOB, M.D. Residence Phone 295-591? Physicians & Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algon! Office Phone 295-2408 Dentists 322 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 116 N. Moore St. '''hone 295-3131

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